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Fox News Admits GOP Is Trying To Increase Obamacare Premiums, Then Tries To Cover It Up

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Fox News admitted on Tuesday that a conservative-led lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act would raise health care premiums for millions of Americans. But then in its on-screen chyron, the network sought to attribute the increases not to the litigants involved in the case, but to President Obama, potentially confusing viewers.

“Could legal challenges to taxpayer subsidies put Obamacare in a death spiral?” Fox host Bill Hemmer asked, pointing to “a new study funded by the Department of Health and Human Services saying the health care law may be damaged beyond repair if you take the subsidies away, if they’re eliminated.”

Ongoing lawsuits are challenging the legality of providing subsidies through health insurance marketplaces in states that refused to set up their own exchanges. If those legal challenges succeed, the analysis that Hemmer is referencing — which comes from the RAND Corporation — did in fact conclude that premiums in those states could increase by as much as 43.3 percent. RAND’s researchers found that if federal subsidies to federally-run exchanges are ruled to be illegal, millions of people would have to pay more for coverage and could leave the risk pool, leading to a death spiral in which only the sickest people remain insured. Enrollment would fall by 68 percent and 11.3 million Americans could become uninsured.

Hemmer and Fox contributor Byron York huffed and puffed about the dangers of such a ruling, calling it “colossal” — despite the fact that the suits have been filed by conservatives, are supported by Republican lawmakers, and have been reported on favorably by the network in the past. The National Review has called the lawsuits and “ingenious” way to halt Obamacare. Fox, celebrated the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against the administration on July 22 by pronouncing, “one by one they’re getting chipped away so it’s starting to collapse.”

And although the price increases are a direct result of a negative ruling, Fox News ran the story under the chyron “sticker shock again for some Obamacare enrollees as premiums set to rise,” implying that the law’s backers would be responsible.

So far, an appellate court in Virginia has ruled that the subsidies were legal, but a three-judge panel on the D.C. circuit disagreed. The full D.C. court is expected to reverse that decision, however, eliminating the circuit split and reducing the possibility that the Supreme Court will take up the matter. Another ruling against the law is still working its way through the legal system.

The administration contends that even though the law does not explicitly state that federally-run exchanges are to offer subsidies for coverage, the intent of its framers — as well as its other provisions about achieving “near-universal coverage” and financial security from medical bankruptcy — strongly imply that such credits must be made available.

Shep Smith Offers The Anti-Fox Take On Ebola: Take A Deep Breath, Everything’s Fine (VIDEO)

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Occasionally,  Shepard Smith emerges from the Fox News bubble and tells his audience the truth.  Yesterday was one such day…

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It’s hard to say if he was addressing his viewers or his colleagues.

After all, Smith’s network has been a reliable source of hysteria and misinformation on the outbreak. Only a couple hours before Smith tried to provide a voice of reason, Fox anchor Jon Scott almost seemed disappointed when an infectious disease expert didn’t go along with the Ebola scaremongering.

Before Scott’s breathless interview, the gang on “Outnumbered” pilloried U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden for supposedly withholding important information about the outbreak.

“How could he not?” asked an indignant Stacey Dash, the former “Clueless” star who’s now a Fox regular.

Similarly, Judge Jeannine Piro contended last week that the government wasn’t playing it straight on the crisis.

“Tell us the truth for once,” Piro thundered on her weekend program.

So it was hard not to interpret Smith’s “fact-dissemination exercise” as both an effort to talk his colleagues off the ledge and to swat down their baseless accusations.

“Suggestions have been made publicly that leaders and medical professionals may be lying to us,” Smith said. “Those suggestions are completely without basis in fact. There is no evidence of any kind of which we at Fox News are aware that leaders have lied about anything regarding Ebola.”

Watch Smith’s statement here:

 

Fox Host, Ted Olson Gang Up On Tony Perkins In Gay Marriage Debate (VIDEO)

Perkins continued to harp on the “natural established boundaries for marriage.”

“What are you suggesting? That there’s going to by polygamy, that people are going to be marrying their aunt, their pets?” Wallace asked.

“I didn’t say that,” Perkins responded, again bringing up “boundaries.”

“Alright, you and your wife live happily in this house.There’s a same-sex couple living here. What’s the damage to you?” Wallace then asked.

Perkins replied by bringing up wedding vendors put out of business by refusing to serve gay couples.

“It’s a different issue,” Wallace retorted.

 

Watch the debate via Raw Story:

Fox Hosts Say Frat Rapes Are The Fault Of Drunk Women

The hosts of the Fox show "Outnumbered" demonstrate rape culture at work by blaming drunk women for the frat house rape problem. Image Credit: The Raw Story

The hosts of the Fox show “Outnumbered” demonstrate rape culture at work by blaming drunk women for the frat house rape problem | Image Credit: The Raw Story

This latest incident demonstrates just how inadequate Fox News “reporters” are when they attempt to voice an “opinion” based on the company’s long-standing policy of inanity…

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If you had any doubt that we live in a rape culture, the hosts of the Fox show Outnumbered have cleared that up for you. The two hosts, Andrew Tantaros and Kirsten Powers agreed with a wildly offensive column written by now former Forbes columnist Bill Frezza entitled Drunk Female Guests are the Gravest Threat to Fraternities. The column, which came complete with a photo of a drunken, nearly unconscious woman lying on the floor drinking wine, has now been removed and has caused Forbes to terminate its relationship with Frezza. In the column, Frezza said:

[W]e have very little control over women who walk in the door carrying enough pre-gaming booze in their bellies to render them unconscious before the night is through. Based on new standards being promulgated on campus, all consent is null and void the minute a woman becomes intoxicated — even if she is your fiancée. In our age of sexual equality, why drunk female students are almost never characterized as irresponsible jerks is a question I leave to the feminists.

Now, apparently Mr. Frezza is one of those men who has an issue with laws surrounding consent and the circumstances under which one can consent to sexual activity. This is no surprise, as many uninformed (or just plain piggish) men do. What is shocking is that two female hosts sat on national television and agreed with him, saying that drunk women should take “personal responsibility” to make sure they don’t get raped. That sounds like victim blaming to me. Tantaros even expressed concern for the fraternity system, saying that it is a “legitimate fear” that drunken victims of sexual assault could lead to the breakdown of America’s college frat system. So, in other words, she is more worried about frat boys than rape victims. Great priorities there, lady. Tantaros argued:

I don’t know why this writer is taking so much heat because this is actually a problem that goes on. These girls show up at these fraternity houses. The guys, what are they supposed to do? Lock them out? ‘Hey, how are you?’ They have a couple more beers, the girl passes out… so it is a legitimate fear.

What are they supposed to do? Um, how about not rape a clearly intoxicated woman? How hard can it be? If someone is clearly drunk, don’t attempt to have sex with her. It really is that simple.

Another co-host on the show, Kennedy Montgomery, took a more reasonable approach, saying that not letting drunk women into frat houses is “exactly” what should happen in these situations. Tantaros, however, continued to blame the women:

They walk up to guys’ rooms, they get lost in the fraternity house. Maybe they get drunk as the night goes on playing beer pong.

Well, while these things may happen, Ms. Tantaros, where in there is an invitation to be sexually assaulted? Nowhere, and to insinuate that there is…well, that is supporting rape culture.

Yet another co-host, Sandra Smith, also took a more reasonable approach, saying that the problem of these drunken frat house rapes could be  “the fault of the fraternities that have… no policies to handle this.” She went on to say:

Don’t let them in the door in the first place. Call somebody, get some help, don’t let them in the door.

Now, having been to a large university where this sort of thing happened quite often myself, I can say that not letting drunk people into a frat house on party night just isn’t going to happen. It is not a practical suggestion. However, at least Montgomery and Smith aren’t blaming the women for their own assaults here.

While Tantaros eventually relented and said that  “girls getting too drunk and men taking advantage of them” is a problem, she still went on to blame the women, saying:

However, where’s the personal responsibility for both sides?

While I can agree that getting drunk in a frat house with a bunch of drunken frat boys is not the smartest thing to do, we have to remember something. We’re not talking about experienced adult women here. We’re talking about girls away from home for the first time who likely have very little experience with this sort of thing. They are thinking about having fun and making friends at college. They are not thinking that they are going to go to a party and get raped, and nor should they have to. That’s the issue here. Nobody should have to worry about being raped on a college campus in a fraternity.

Kirsten Powers went on to agree with Tantaros:

It makes the drunk girl completely clean no matter what happens — and again, we have to say it because some cuckoo person is going to start blogging how we are supporting women getting raped, which we do not support. And she is not guilty or any of those things, but the point is that the drunk woman is — she’s just not held accountable for anything. The drunk guy, however, is supposed to make all these amazingly perfect decisions, and not make any mistakes.

Ah, but Ms. Powers, what you don’t  understand is that when you try to hold a rape victim accountable for her own assault, you are supporting rape as well as rape culture, and that is absolutely shameful coming from a woman. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the face of rape culture.

The Five Hits Bill Maher over Blaming Fox for Dividing U.S.

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Fox News’s The Five on Thursday shot back at HBO Real Time host Bill Maher after he accused Fox News of being the sole reason for increased division in American politics.

“I feel like the reason people are so polarized is Fox News,” Maher said Friday.

The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld said Maher was simply frustrated that conservative voices on Fox News now compete with the plethora of liberal voices in the mainstream media.  (My emphasis)

Eric Bolling, another co-host, said Maher should welcome media that opposes his views. “It’s some of the most interesting stuff when you listen to the other side,” Bolling said.

 

Watch via Fox News:

Fox host spends 12 seconds not apologizing for ‘stairs’ quip about NFL domestic violence

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For at least 12 seconds on Tuesday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade took domestic violence “seriously,” but refused to apologize for joking that NFL player Ray Rice’s wife should learn to “take the stairs” after she was punched in an elevator.

Following the Monday release of elevator surveillance video showing Rice punching out his then-girlfriend, Kilmeade and the hosts of Fox & Friends turned the incident into a joke.

“I think the message is take the stairs,” Kilmeade quipped.

“The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera,” co-host Steve Doocy opined.

After the hosts were criticized for making light of violence against women, Kilmeade decided to spend about 12 second addressing the controversy on Tuesday’s show.

“Comments we made during this story yesterday made some feel like we were taking the situation too lightly,” the Fox News host insisted, appearing to read off of a teleprompter. “We are not. We were not.”

“Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us I can assure you.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 9, 2014.

McCain Makes Revealing Slip on Fox: Obama Didn’t Want to ‘Arm ISIS’

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Along with this good friend Sen. Lindsey Graham(R-SC), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) penned a New York Times op-ed this weekend calling on President Barack Obama to “confront ISIS now” and criticizing him for saying “We don’t have a strategy yet.” But asked by Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren what the U.S. should do about ISIS Tuesday afternoon, his first response was two short words: “Kill ‘em.”

“They’ve got to be destroyed, and you’ve got to have a goal, the president does, and we have to have a strategy to fit that goal and policies that will implement it. We have none of the above,” McCain said on Fox. He called Obama’s recent comments about the “messy” world “one of most unbelievable comments ever made.”

McCain continued his push for war in both Iraq and Syria, saying the fight requires the “full weight of American air power” as well as “some more boots and support on the ground.” He added, “All this didn’t have to happen. We could have left a force behind in Iraq that would have stabilized Iraq. And we are paying an incredible price for the president’s leading from behind, whether it be in Iraq, in Syria, in Libya, or a number of countries in the Middle East. We are seeing the chickens coming home to roost.”

The senator proceeded to seriously misspeak when he described a 2013 meeting in the White House in which everyone on the administration’s national security team “recommended arming ISIS.” But, he explained, “the president, by himself, turned it down.”

What McCain likely meant to say was that Obama’s team, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wanted to arm the “moderate” Syrian rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, but Obama did not want to. Van Susteren neglected to correct his mistake.

As Obama decided at the time, the lack of distinction between the “moderate” rebels and the Islamic extremists, including ISIS, who were fighting Assad made the idea of arming any opposition in Syria an extremely risky proposition.

Ironically, this is an issue that McCain confronted personally when he made his unannounced trip to Syria last May. The senator posed in photos with men who were later identified as being responsible for the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shi’ite Muslims. As Jon Stewart put it later that week, “Oh my God, John McCain is literally palling around with terrorists!”

Here is one of the photos in question:

On the day that the video ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley was released, the group VoteVets sent out a fundraising email claiming McCain had actually posed for photos with ISIS fighters in Syria. McCain has fought back hard against those claims, even pointing out that ISIS has labeled him a top enemy in order to prove his point:

While the claims that McCain “palled around” with ISIS fighters remain unfounded, his slip of the tongue on Fox News Tuesday afternoon demonstrates the complexities of the situation both two years ago and today in Syria and Iraq. On top of that, it bolsters Obama’s inclination to act prudently when it comes to the perilous situation in the region. The solution to this problem ultimately has to be more thought out than “kill ‘em.”

Watch video below, via Fox News:

Fox News is Tearing Us Apart: Race Baiting and Divisiveness Hits a Disgusting New Low

How Fox News Uses Hip-Hop to Create Race Panics | Courtesy of Color Lines

This article is spot on and should be shared wherever possible.  It’s a six page analysis of the problem with Fox News’ race-baiting and it’s effect on the country.  I’m only covering the first page and have linked to subsequent pages…

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Night after night, Fox News doubles down on hate. Whether George Zimmerman, Bundy or Ferguson, it just gets worse.

With this framework as background, it’s not hard to understand the evolution of even more pernicious extremist variants in the right-wing media, which Boehlert sketched out. It began with Andrew Breitbart and his website announcing that “basically racism had been eradicated, and that anyone who talked about the topic was therefore a racist,” especially “civil rights activists and civil libertarians … because by raising questions, or talking about it, or discussing it, they were trying to rip the country apart, because the country is already solved racism.”

Thus, the allegation is that simply  talking about race in America makes you a racist. It is, as Boehlert called it, “a very odd brand of projection” that’s “very weird and complicated,” but that’s where the roles of endless repetition and cognitive closure come in. They naturalize and normalize what would otherwise clearly be both arbitrary and bizarre. After years in development, the result can be quite stunning, as Boehlert went on to note:

That’s like Glenn [Beck] that went on Fox News and called the president of the United States a racist, because he dared to discuss it in the wake of the Henry Louis Gates arrest in Cambridge. So that’s why he was denounced as having ‘a hatred of white people. Why? Because he talked about race.”

Of course, the framework of colorblind racism also explains the persistence of racial stereotyping, albeit in a “cultural” framework.  But the right-wing media takes this aspect to extremes as well, which accounts for another, contradictory tendency: the persistence of “increasingly race-baiting rhetoric,” including all manner of things that Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck have been saying about Obama since his inauguration. “This is some of the most rancid, insulting kind of gutter rhetoric you could imagine,” Boehlert said.” But the cone that they’ve tried to protect themselves in is that the other people are the racists. It’s very weird. I guess said, it’s a lot of weird projecting going on.”

While the development of colorblind racism as Bonila-Silva describes it took place over decades, the nastier variants in the right-wing media developed much more rapidly, spurred on in part by Obama’s election. They have now burst forth in multiple forms, one of which is the automatic demonization of any black victim, and the matching valorization of whoever killed or injured that victim. Of course, the specific details of any given case are not always so accommodating to the pre-determined colorblind racist script. As a result, in the killings of both Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, we’ve strikingly similar false claims about both victims, as well as the men who killed them, and some of those claims have persisted quite powerfully, despite all evidence to the contrary.

While we’ve seen some of those attitudes most brazenly expressed on the Darren Wilson Gofundme site, we see more subtle echoes reflected in statements of support that are carefully crafted to conform to “all-American” norms, such as calls for due process — which Michael Brown, naturally, did not get, and which would not be threatened by treating Wilson like any other murder suspect.

This reflects a broader phenomenon, the persistent power of misinformation, which an inter-disciplinary collection of researchers has been studying for some years now. Most recently, I wrote about one study of misinformation in the context of three initiatives on Washington state’s 2006 ballot. The issues involved were much less charged than the murder of an unarmed black teenager, but all the better, it occurred to me. It may be easier to anecdotally recognize extremely charged distortions in a rapidly shifting framework of rationalizations (unless you’re a Fox News devotee), but as a matter of scientific methodology, it’s easier to study less-charged distortions in more stable issue areas.

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GOP Rep on ISIS: ‘A Bunch of Guys Wearing Pajamas Pushing Up Logs’

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From the comment section of this article:

This appears to be a guy who wants to treat ISIS rationally, rather than a cudgel to bash Obama with.

I wish more Republicans would act in such a way.

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On Fox News’s The Kelly File Tuesday, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter dismissed the Islamic terrorist group ISIS as a major threat to the U.S.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the recent on-video beheading of American journalist James Foley.

“ISIS in Iraq and Syria is not an existential threat to us,” Hunter said. “They’re not going to harm the United States. They’re bad guys, yes, if you’re there but a bunch of guys wearing pajamas pushing up logs, they’re not an existential threat to us like North Korea is, like Iran is, like Pakistan is. They are not like that.”

He said ISIS only becomes a threat if they can “get people back in the United States and do harm to us here and commit acts of terror.”

President Barack Obama has authorized military air strikes against ISIS in Iraq.

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Dear Fox News: Please Stop Using Asian-Americans to Attack Black People

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The Daily Beast – Asawin Suebsaeng

Bill O’Reilly’s attempts to use the success of Asian-Americans to shame African-Americans is shameful and historically illiterate.

“Talking Points does not—does not—believe in white privilege.”

That was Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s big, brave pitch during his third-person “talking points” segment on Tuesday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor. The peg for the segment was the uproar and race issues surrounding the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month. O’Reilly was blasting the idea of people citing “white privilege” to help explain anger or inequality in predominantly black community. He railed against a perceived failure of black leaders to spark a “cultural revolution” in their “precincts,” and the lack of personal responsibility instilled in young African-Americans.

Of course Bill O’Reilly doesn’t believe that the concept of white privilege exists. (Neither does much of the rest of Fox News.) He has denied the existence of such a privilege for white Americans in previous segments, including one in which he falsely claimed that Harvard Kennedy School was requiring freshmen to take a class on the subject.

O’Reilly’s latest salvo of white-privilege denialism has already been mocked and (rightly) criticized enough. But one aspect of his crotchety monologue that was particularly unappealing was how he invoked the general economic and academic successes Asian-Americans in order to highlight the supposed failings of African-Americans.

“So, do we have Asian privilege in America?” the Fox host asked rhetorically. “Because the truth is that Asian-American households earn far more money than anyone else.”

O’Reilly also compares the statistic on Asian-American children raised in single-parent households (13 percent) to that of African-Americans (a “whopping” 55 percent) to make the point that Asian families in this country are stronger. This is a favorite bugaboo of O’Reilly’s, and in the past he’s even said that First Lady Michelle Obama should come on his show and tell black teens, “You stop having sex; you stop getting pregnant.

O’Reilly has made the Asian-privilege pointbefore. He’s also praised Asian folks by asserting that, “Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature” because “they’re usually more industrious and hard-working.” (It’s worth noting that not all Asian demographics fit neatly into this positive stereotype that colors the way O’Reilly talks about Asian citizens.)

First, let’s be consistent and call this phenomenon “yellow privilege.” So, sure, you could reasonably argue that there is a general yellow privilege that people who look like me enjoy in the United States. For instance, Asian-American men under the age of 35 have a far lower chance of being wrongly accosted by a police officer than a young black man would. The difference is that, unlike white people, we don’t have a bitter, well-payed armada of commentators to go on TV and complain about black people every time someone brings said privilege up.

But the real reason O’Reilly black-yellow comparison is so annoying and intellectually dishonest is because it is patently bizarre to compare the Asian-American experience to the African-American one. Such a crass talking point—one that uses the favorable stats of one minority group to attack the culture of another—overlooks, or at least glosses over, some of the most obvious facts and tragedies in our nation’s history. Generations of Asian-Americans did not endure the traumas, legacies, and residual effects of slavery, Jim Crow, and decades of racist housing policy. These are factors that O’Reilly mentions only as an aside, preferring to talk more about the importance of getting black kids to “speak properly” and behave themselves in public.

Asian-Americans and African-Americans have had very different experiences in America, a complicated reality that O’Reilly and many of his colleagues do not seem eager to tackle. But at least his commentary in the wake of the Michael Brown tragedy has been more refined than some of his co-workers—a thought that is less a compliment to Bill, and far more indicative of the kind of organism that Fox News has become.